WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Verona wrestling placed 7th in the team competition and had two wrestlers on the podium -- one on top -- at the Essex County Wrestling Tournament at Codey Arena on Friday. 

Frank Gabriele took 1st place in the 145 lbs. weight class, defeating Jon Bartley of West Essex in a technical fall, 17-2.  

John Gabriele battled his way to the 152 lbs finals by defeating Seton Hall Prep's Michael Massa 5-0.  He fell to Caldwell's Jerry Jones 12-0 in the finals.

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In addition, here is how the rest of the VHS wrestlers fared.

Mike Garcia finished 7th at 106 lbs.

Dean Palmer finished 5th at 120 lbs.

Frank Riggio finished 5th at 132 lbs.

Nick Riggio finished 4th at 160 lbs.

Billy Fauerbach finished 6th at 182 lbs.

Cade Byrne finished 7th at 220 lbs.

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